Vatican Palace Palazzi Vaticani
Some impression of the size of the Vatican Palace, which lies immediately to the right of St Peter's Square and St Peter's itself, can be gained by starting from the fountain on the left-hand side of St Peter's Square, from which the huge bulk of the main range of buildings can be seen rearing up above the square, and then continuing along outside the walls to the entrance to the Vatican Museums.
Vatican Palace Map
Opening hours: Closed: Sun, Wed
Guides: Guided tour included with admission.
Transit: Metro: Ottaviano (line A); Bus: 23, 32, 41, 47, 62, 64, 492, 990; Tram: 19, 30.
The Vatican Gardens, behind St Peter's and the Vatican Palace, occupy a large part of the area of Vatican City. In the gardens are a variety of buildings serving particular purposes, churches and offices, towers and fountains, the Casina di Pio IV (seat of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences) and a coffee-house. The north end of the gardens is bounded by the Leonine Walls, the railroad station, the radio transmitter and the Vatican Museums.